Tug and Not War Part 3 – Positive Tension on a Team

Negative tension is a strain on a team, but positive tension will stretch a team. The object is to rid a team of negative tension and foster an environment for positive tension. How is that done? The leader must immediately deal with the negative and never allow it to grow. I call this process the Barney Fife model, “Nip it in the bud.”

It All Comes Down to Relationships

Everything important can be summed up in one word: relationships. In hospital rooms, on deathbeds, and in funeral homes... you don't find serious talk about careers and portfolios. No, it's all about relationships. Memories, vacations, family, friends, high school buddies, children, and church - these are the valuables of life. This is what life really … Continue reading It All Comes Down to Relationships

WWJD: Pleasurable Pastimes?

What Would Jesus Do... with regard to vacations, hobbies, sports, amusements, break-times, fun & relaxing activities?  For the answer, we take a trip back 6,000 years... Since Creation Week, God has taught that a scheduled, consistent period of rest is a good thing.  God put down his paintbrush, He rested hands from forming and his … Continue reading WWJD: Pleasurable Pastimes?

Balancing Relationships

I desire balance, yet it escapes me again today. What of it – where did it go? It is defined as “a state of equilibrium; equal distribution of weight.” Balance is “the ability to decide an outcome by throwing one’s influence/support to one side or the other.” In life, the rest that we call balance is our ongoing adjustments of endless relationships, movements, and accounts. It is the constant correction of imbalances that we will, hopefully, get better and better at controlling. Here a few ways the Lord is teaching me about balance – especially in the area of relationships.